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Vol. 97 No. 356

Clerk offices
close for luncheon
The offices of the Okee-
chobee County Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court will be closed
between noon and 1:30 p.m.
on Friday, Dec. 22, for the
annual employee holiday sea-
son luncheon.
The office will reopen
promptly at 1:30 p.m.
The spirit
of the season
Is your house decorated for
the holidays?
If so, call our offices at (863)
763-3134 and give us your
address. We'll then publish it in
this spot so everyone in the
community can drive by and
enjoy your festive decorations.
Our offices are open Mon-
day- Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
136 S.E. 13thAve.,
344 S.E. 16th Ave.
1404 S.E. 7th St.
201 S.E. 8th St.
205 S.E. 8th St.
501 S.E. 8th St.
1040 S.E. 21st St.
1060 S.E. 21st St.
1065 S.E. 21st St.
1475 S.E. 21st St.
1260 S.E. 23rd St.
5012 S.E. 44th St.
801 S.E. 6th Ct.
2801 S.E. 18th Ct.
.4003 S.E. 29th Ct.
1930 S.E. 24th Blvd.
3492 S.E. 30th Terr.
3268 N.W. 26th Ave.
206 N.W. 12th St.
210 N.W 12th St.
605 N.W 17th St.
609 N.W 17th St.
14420 N.W 292nd St.
5270 N.W 30th St.
6952 N.W 30th St.
7052 N.W 30th St.
3033 N \\ ,7lh A
1105 N.W 7th Ct.
7528 N.W 92nd Ct.
11087 N.E. 1st Way
11457 N.E. 3rd Cir.
7950 S.R. 78W
9861 S.R. 78W
S.W 44th Blvd.
Palm Village Ranch)
3421 S.W 18th St.
710 S.W 28th St.
2224 S.W 28th St.
4411 S.W 13th Ave.
8451 S.W 14th Ln.
2247 S.W2nd Ct. and area
River Estates
11 miles W. on S.R. 70
Kissimmee River
Fishing Resort
10 miles W. on 70

Drought Index
Current: 630
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

12.08 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
15.96 feet
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given In feet above sea

Classifieds . . .11-13
Comics .......... 10
Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . . . .11
Obituaries . . . . .3
Opinion ............4
Speak Out ..........4
Sports ............6
TV ...............12
Weather ........... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
Community Links. Individual Voices.

Friday, December 22, 2006 50 Plus tax

Officials lower code fine

Commissioners These two items took up the
bulk of a special meeting on
lower fine Thursday, Dec. 21.
Commissioners also amend-
to avoid lawsuit ed the interlocal agreement that
formed Okeechobee Utility
By Pete Gawda Authority (OUA) to allow the util-
Okeechobee News ity to make non-ad valorem
The Okeechobee County The complicated case of Mark
Board of County Commissioners Hunter Pearce goes back to 1998
reduced a fine to avoid a lawsuit when he was cited by county
and could be facing a lawsuit in code enforcement officials for
another case. numerous code violations in con-

nection with a migrant labor
camp he constructed. The fine
eventually accrued to $107,000.
The county had placed a lien
on his property and had institut-
ed foreclosure procedures.
Thursday's hearing was an
attempt to settle the matter with-
out having to go to court.
County attorney John Cassels
instructed the commissioners
that any consideration for fine
reduction should be based on
three things gravity of the vio-

'hriistmas visitor: Santa Claus visits Head Start

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Santa Claus paid a visit to Northside Head Start on Wednesday, Dec. 20. He poses here
with students from Ms. Gancerez and Ms. Baker's class.

lation, actions taken to correct
the violation and any previous
Mr. Pearce called the situation
"a battle between me and John
"I built a building without a
permit," he admitted "I am guilty
of that."
Mr. Pierce proceeded to give
the board a lengthy summary of
his case.
"I jumped through every
hoop," he stated, claiming that

17 times he had appeared before
various county boards and that
he had run up $44,000 in legal
"I was done wrong from the
beginning, in my opinion," he
Mr. Pearce and his lawyer,
Chester Brewer, noted that
$10,500 had been paid toward
the fine. They both claimed that
was the amount of the fine for
See Fine -Page 2

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Eleven people were arrested
Wednesday in connection with
a six-hour undercover drug
operation conducted in the
area of N.E. 13th Avenue and
N.E. Seventh Street.
The Dec. 20 operation was a
reverse sting in which law
enforcement officers posed as
street-level drug dealers and
sold either cocaine rock or
marijuana ..
Two people were arrested
on misdemeanor charges that
were not based on either the
possession or sale of drugs.
Lieutenant Billy Markham of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) said four
vehicles and one bicycle were
seized as a result of the sting.
He said they were seized and

impounded because they were
being used during the commis-
sion of a felony.
"The vehicle owners will be
charged a $250 administrative
fee to get their vehicles back,"
said Lt. Markham.
He added that the majority
of those arrested were on foot.
The following were arrested
and booked into the Okee-
chobee County Jail.
Techalin Joseph, 20, N.E.
16th Ave., was charged with
the misdemeanor of posses-
sion of alcohol by a person
under 21 years of age. His bond
was set at $250.
Lisa Sills, 36, Okeechobee,
was charged with the misde-
meanor of driving while license
suspended with knowledge.
Her bond was set at $1,000.
See Bust -Page 2

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Gates takes helm at the Pentagon

By Robert Bums
AP Military Writer
Gates assumed the helm at the
Pentagon on Monday, warning in
his first public remarks as defense
secretary that failure in Iraq
would be a "calamity" that would
haunt the United States for years.
The former CIA chief pledged
to give President Bush his honest
advice on the costly and unpopu-
lar war, and said he would go to
Iraq soon to see what U.S. com-
manders believe should be done
to quell the growing violence.
"All of us want to find a way to
bring America's sons and daugh-
ters home again," Gates, 63, said
after taking the oath of office as
defense secretary from Vice Presi-
dent Dick Cheney at a Pentagon
ceremony. "But as the president
has made clear, we simply cannot
afford to fail in the Middle East.
Failure in Iraq at this juncture
would be a calamity that would
haunt our nation, impair our cred-
ibility, and endanger Americans
for decades to come."
He takes office as Bush con-
ducts a wide-ranging review of his
approach to the 3 1/2 year-old
Iraq conflict. The fighting, teeter-
ing on the edge of a civil war
between sects, has seen more
than 2,940 Americans die at a cost
to U.S. taxpayers exceeding $300
Officials say the options Bush
is studying run from a short-term
buildup of thousands of more
troops to a pullback of U.S. com-
bat units so they can focus on
training Iraqis and hunting terror-
ists. Bush said last week that he
would wait until January to


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not deal directly with FCAT.
Instead of the STAR program,
Mrs. Walker suggested that the
Legislature give teachers a raise.
Mrs. Walker said she was in
favor of a teacher's bonus but
only if education people are
involved in the process. She said
the STAR program was put
together by Legislators.
"I just worry about this pro-

announce his new strategy, to
give Gates a chance to offer
Gates said he wants to hear the
views of U.S. commanders on
how to improve the situation,
"unvarnished and straight from
the shoulder." The remarks
seemed to contrast with critics'
complaints that the man he
replaced, Donald H. Rumsfeld,
did not listen enough to the
advice of the military's top offi-
President Bush called Gates
"the right man" for the multiple
challenges of Iraq and the global
war on terrorism.
"We are a nation at war," Bush
said. "And I rely on our secretary
of defense to provide me with the
best possible advice and to help
direct our nation's armed force as
they engage the enemies of free-
dom around the world. Bob Gates
is the right man to take on these
challenges. He'll be an outstand-
ing leader for our men and
women in uniform."
Gates formally assumed the
job earlier Monday in a private
swearing-in ceremony at the
White House, replacing Donald
H. Rumsfeld.
He. took office more than
month after President Bush
announced he was switching
Pentagon chiefs, saying he want-
ed "fresh perspective" on the
widely unpopular and costly war
and acknowledging the current
approach was not working well
enough. Rumsfeld was, a chief
architect of the war strategy and
still defends the decision to invade
in March 2003.
"You have asked for my can-

gram," state board member Kath-
leen Shanahan was quoted by the
Associated Press. "If we don't get
this money committed to and out
the door, it will go away next
The legislature established the
program for one year. For the pro-
gram to last more than a year,
lawmakers would have to pass a
substantive law or keep putting it
in the budget every year.
Okeechobee schools are not
alone in their failure to reach
agreement. In fact, the vast major-
ity of the state's 67 school districts

dor and my honest counsel at this
critical moment in our nation's
history, and you will get both,"
Gates said.
He said that since his Senate
confirmation earlier this month
he has participated in meetings
on Iraq at the White House,
received briefings at the Pentagon
and held in-depth discussions
with the president on ways ahead
in Iraq.
Besides the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, Gates faces other
immediate challenges. One is the
Army's proposal that it be
allowed to grow by tens of thou-
sands of soldiers, given the strains
it is enduring from the two wars.
Rumsfeld had resisted increasing
the size of the Army or the Marine
Corps; Gates' view is unknown.
It's not yet clear whether Gates
intends to immediately shake up
the Pentagon by firing generals or
replacing senior civilian officials.
He has asked Gordon England,
the deputy defense secretary, to
remain, but some have already
announced their departures,
including the top intelligence offi-
cial, Stephen Cambone.
In his remarks Monday, Gates
said he looked forward to work-
ing with Gen. Peter Pace, chair-
man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as
well as the service chiefs and civil-
ian service secretaries.
Gates, who had been presi-
dent of Texas A&M University
since 2002, completed his tenure
over the weekend by attending
.three commencement cere-
monies on the College Station
At his confirmation hearing,
Gates won plaudits for his candor,

do not have an approved plan.
Only four district plans Hills-
borough, Calhoun, Citrus and
Brevard have been approved
by the state board of education.
Another 16 Bay, DeSoto, Dixie,
Escambia, Gilchrist, Hamilton,
Hendry, Indian River, Jackson,
Levy, Martin, Orange, Osceola,
Seminole, Union and Wakulla -
had been deemed in compliance
with state law but had not yet
received school board and union
Mr. Kenworthy said these 16

especially for acknowledging the
U.S. was not winning in Iraq. That
contrasted with Bush's remark at
an Oct. 25 news conference that,
"Absolutely, we're winning."
Gates was a member of the
Iraq Study Group that spent nine
months assessing the situation in
Iraq and produced recommenda-
tions that include phasing out
most U.S. combat troops by 2008.
Gates left the commission when
Bush announced that he had
been picked to replace Rumsfeld.
"In my view, all options are on
the table, in terms of how we
address this problem in Iraq,"
Gates said at his confirmation
Gates, a Kansas native, joined
the CIA in 1966. He left in 1974 to
join the staff of the National Secu-
rity Council until 1979, when he
returned to the spy agency. He
rose to deputy director for intelli-
gence in 1982.
His 1987 nomination to head
the CIA was scuttled when he was
accused of knowing more than he
admitted about the Iran-Contra
affair. The Reagan administration
secretly had sold arms to Iran in
hopes of freeing hostages in
Lebanon, and used the money to
help the Contra rebels in
Gates went to the White
House as President Reagan's
deputy national security adviser in
1989, then took over the CIA in
1991. He left Washington in 1993
and since August 2002 has been
president of Texas A&M Universi-
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plans were in various stages of
completion. Some unions have
waived their right to participate
and some have declared an
He said the school district was
between a rock and a hard place.
If the district's STAR plan is not
approved, money for teacher
bonuses would have to come out
of the fund balance.

Editor's note: Some of the
material in this article came from
the Associated Press.

News Briefs

Shriners selling Christmas trees
OKEECHOBEE The Shriners will be selling Christmas trees from
the parking lot of their building on U.S. 78 W until Dec. 23.
They have Scotch pine, Fraser fir and Douglasfirtrees ranging in size
from 4 to 11 feet. All trees are reduced to half price and none are over
$50. They will deliver the tree if the customer has no way to get it home.
Garbage won't be picked up Dec. 25
OKEECHOBEE Waste Management has announced that there
will be no residential or commercial garbage pickup on Monday, Dec.
25- Christmas Day.
All garbage pickups will be running one day behind: Monday, Dec.
25, will be picked up Tuesday, Dec. 26; Tuesday, Dec. 26, will be picked
up Wednesday, Dec. 27; Wednesday, Dec. 27, will be picked up Thurs-
day, Dec. 28; Thursday, Dec. 28, will be picked up Friday, Dec. 29; and
Friday, Dec. 29, will be picked up Saturday, Dec. 30.
This schedule includes all pickups for garbage, yard waste and recy-
Business, church plan fundraiser
OKEECHOBEE Pat's Floral Design has teamed up with the First
United Methodist Church youth program to raise funds for Christmas
and other Christian youth activities.
For a $20 donation, you will receive coupons valued at over $250
redeemable for a different bouquet each month at Pat's Floral Design,
300 N. Parrott Ave., which is next to the Presbyterian Church.
Floral coupons will be available until Sunday, Dec. 31.
Call Pastor Jim at (863) 763-4021 for information.
Drivers can list emergency contacts
Effective in the State of Florida as of Oct. 2, you can have two emer-
gency contacts attached to your Florida driver's license.
If you are in an accident, emergency rescuers can check your dri-
ver's license and two emergency contacts will pop up so they do not
have to search for relatives.
Go to to emer-
gency contacts, put in your driver's license and then it will ask for the
name, address and phone number of two people you want to have
For information on adding emergency contacts or other related con-
cerns, contact the nearest Florida driver's license office. In Okee-
chobee, the driver's license office is located at 1857 U.S. 441 S.E. Their
phone number is (863) 462-5225.
Dog lovers sought for new club
OKEECHOBEE Interested parties are being sough to start an
informal group to meet and discuss topics dealing with their AKC pure-
bred dogs.
Topics will include, but will not be limited to: health, nutrition, train-
ing, correct AKC breed standards and ethical breeding, as well as any
other topics of interest to the group.
For information, contact Billie at (863) 467-1958?*or,-by e-mail at bil-
lie4121 with your breed, name and number.


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a white male with a medium
complexion. He was described
as being about 5-foot-7-inches in
height, and weighed around 160
pounds. He was unshaven and
had a ring beard.
When last seen, he was wear-
ing a long-sleeved denim shirt,
T-Shirt, blue jeans and a blue.
As the man left the motel, he
was seen leaving in a white
1980s two-door model. Cadillac
or Buick. The car had a large
body style and a loud muffler,
said witnesses.
The man's description is simi-
lar to that of a man who is
believed to have robbed the ABC
Liquor Store, 601 E.N. Park St.,
last week of an undisclosed
amount of cash.


Continued From Page 1
a board discussing the case, the
magistrate will make the deci-
Laura McCall, who served as
legal counsel for the code
enforcement board, said other
counties that have gone from a
board to a magistrate system
have indicated that the process
now goes quicker and smoother.
The special magistrate is
scheduled to hear seven cases at
the Tuesday, Dec. 19, code

The man's method of opera-
tion was similar in that he
entered the liquor store,
approached the counter, laid a
bag on the counter and, in a soft
voice, told the clerk to put the
money in the bag. When the
clerk asked him to repeat what
he said, the man did so then
pulled back his shirt to expose
an automatic handgun .in the
waistband of his blue jeans.
At the motel, the man did not
brandish a weapon, said Capt.
The clerk at ABC Liquors gave
much the same description as
the motel clerk, except that he
told Detective Bill Saum of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD) that the man's
hands were rough and had a
white substance, like concrete
dust, on them.
Detective Saum said the cal-
iber of the handgun carried by

enforcement board meeting at 2
p.m. The meeting will be held in
the county commission cham-
bers on the first floor of the Okee-
chobee County Courthouse, 304
N.W. Third St.
Joseph Jordan was cited by
code enforcement officer Gina
Gehring with care of premises,
construction without a permit,
using an RV for dwelling place
outside an RV park, debris and
junk, derelict structure and over-
growth. The property in question
is located on S.E. 36th Avenue.
According to Officer Gehring,
Danette Cossaboon has trash,
debris and overgrowth on her

the man is not known. The. gun
was blue steel and the grips
were dark either black or
Detective Saum said once the
man had the money, he calmly
walked out of the liquor store
and into the parking lot. Once in
the parking lot, security cameras
show another man walking
toward him from the other side
of the lot..They met, talked
briefly, then walked away
together in an easterly direction.
"We don't know at this point
if anyone else is involved," said
Detective Saum.
If anyone has any informa-
tion about the liquor store rob,
bery they should contact.Detec-
tive Bill Saum at (863) 763-5521.
If anyone has any information
on the attempted robbery at the
Pier II Motel, they should contact
OCSO Detective Ted Van Deman
at (863) 763-3117.

S.E. 21st Street property.
Jesse Young (life estate) and
Joannne and Rex Allen were
charged by Officer Blanco Sauce-
do for having trash and debris,
condemned structure, safety haz-
ard and obstruction of right-of-'
way on their Whispering Pines
Miriam K. Williams has an
unsafe mobile home on her N.W
172nd Court property according
to Officer Saucedo.
John and Dorothy McKinney
were cited by Officer Saucedo for
construction without a permit in
Pioneer Estates.
Gustavo and Amparo Barta

Submitted drawing/OCSO
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office Monday
released this composite draw-
ing of a man they believed
tried to rob a local motel on
U.S. 441 S.E. Saturday
evening. It's also thought he
may be the same man who
made off with an undisclosed
amount of cash in the robbery
of the ABC Liquor Store last

could be fined $25 a day for every
day of noncompliance because
of trash and debris, a derelict
structure and an unauthorized
number of dwellings per lot on
their Four Seasons property.
Larry Richards and James
Rolow were fined a total of
$20,575 because their N.E. Third
Lane property was out of compli-
ance for 823 days. They were
fined $25 a day for every day a
dilapidated mobile home
remained on their property. They
are scheduled to petition the spe-
cial magistrate for a reduction of
their fine.

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park, leave it running and get out
to see what is taped to the win-
dow. When the driver does this,
all the crook has to do is jump in
the car, put it in gear and drive
At your home, don't leave the
Christmas lights on while you're
gone because this creates a fire
hazard. Also, be sure and keep
you curtains or window blinds
pulled shut. Cpl. Stripling does,
however, advise to leave an out-
side light on and have a light

inside the house on a timer so that
it will come on so thieves will
think someone is home.
"And, don't put your Christmas
packages out until Christmas Eve
or Christmas Day. Seeing some-
thing there is an invitation," he
But if you come home and
you've been robbed, don't touch
anything and call either the Okee-
chobee City Police Department or
the OCSO immediately -
depending on if you live in the city
or county.
"It may be a good idea to get
out of the house, too," added the
corporal, in case the thief is still in
your home.

This also holds true for your
vehicle. If someone breaks into
your automobile don't touch any-
thing and call law enforcement
"And if someone tries to take
your money, give it to them,"
added Cpl. Stripling. "Also, make
as much noise as you can to get
everybody looking your way.
Finally, never carry large
amounts of cash.
"If you flash the cash, that's an
invitation," he added.
Statistically, he continued, the
elderly make the easiest targets.
Normally, he stated, teens and
young adults are more likely to
put up a fight, whereas seniors

will give in easily.
"They're frail, don't want to
cause a ruckus and will go along
with whatever they're told to do,"
said Cpl. Stripling.
If you would like more infor-
mation on how to keep yourself
or your belonging safe, contact
Cpl. Stripling at (863) 763-6064.
He is also available to speak to
clubs and organizations, or help
establish a Neighborhood Crime
If you need to report a crime,
call the Okeechobee City Police
Department at (863) 763-5521, or
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office at (863) 763-3117.

Community Events

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills
will be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the
internet. For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okee-

chobee County Library at (863) 763-3536.
Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a week on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

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Someone has said that there
are five foods which are essential
to a person's growth. They are
love, learning, beauty, service
and suffering. Without these
foods the souls does not grow.
Given hunger, the soul grows
in an experience of love. We are
nourished when one hungers for
learning, studies, seeks mastery
of a subject. Beauty comes only
when we strive to appreciate or
create the beautiful.
Suffering as food may seem to
us hard experiences, but have
you not noticed that men intent
upon spiritual achievement have
grown more surely and rapidly
when suffering was their lot,
rather than when life moved
along like a song.
Thought to remember: No
high or higher state in life is
reached without devotion.
From The Staff
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Community Links. Individual Voices.

Exceptional Educator
Okeechobee County Exceptional Education Department presented their nominee for
Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Madi Emmick with a Christmas arrangement. Mrs. Emmick is the
Speech/Language Pathologist at North Elementary School and Yearling Middle School.
Co-Workers include: Laura Murray, Ann Bell, and Cathleen Blair, Director of ESE, with
Mrs. Emmick the third from the left.


Owen "Dean" Mohney
Owen "Dean" Mohney, age
61, of Blue Cypress RV Park,
went home to be with his Lord
and Savior on Dec. 18, 2006, fol-
lowing a lengthy illness at Good
Samaritan Hospital in West Palm
He was born July 16, 1945, in
Kellersburg, Pa. He was a mem-
ber of First United Methodist
Church of Pahokee. He was a
very active volunteer fireman for
Rimersburg Hose Company in
Rimersburg, Pa., and served as
fire chief for five years. He moved
to Pahokee in 1979 where he
worked for U.S. Sugar Corpora-
tion. He retired in 1998 after 19
years of service. He was an avid
fisherman and hunter and loved
four wheeling with his grandchil-
dren, who were his reason for liv-
Mr. Mohney is preceded in
death by his father, Donald H.
Mohney; mother, Hulda P.
Mohney; brother, Donald V.
Mohney; and, sister, Mary L.
He is survived by his two lov-
ing children, David P. (Maleena)
Mohney of Okeechobee and
Amy L. (Dwayne) Kelly of Saint
Marys, Ga.; six punkinheads
(grandchildren); Holly R.
Mohney of San Antonio, Texas,
David 0., Amber D., Ashli J.,
Alyssa L. Mohney of Okeechobee
and Dylan A. Kelly of Saint Marys,
Ga.; brother, Gary S. (Sue)
Mohney of Templeton, Pa.; sister-
in-law, Sue Mohney of
Hawthorn, Pa.; five nephews;
and, four nieces.
Visitation was held on Thurs-
day, Dec. 21, 2006, and services
will be on Friday, Dec. 22, 2006,
at 10 a.m. at First United
Methodist Church located at 491
E. Main Street, Pahokee.
In lieu of flowers, contribu-
tions.may be made to the Florida
United Methodist Children's
Home at 51 Main Street, Enter-
prise, FL 32725.
Arrangements are by Glades
Funeral Chapel of Belle Glade.
Marie Taylor
Christina Marie Taylor, age 32,
of Okeechobee, died Tuesday,
Dec. 19, 2006, at her residence in
Buckhead Ridge. Born Sept. 20,
1974, in Springfield, Ohio she has
been a resident of Okeechobee
for the past six years coming
from Springfield. She was
involved with the VFW Ladies
Auxiliary and enjoyed doing
crafts and collecting carousels.

She is survived by her daugh-
ter, Sierra Christine Taylor of
Okeechobee; parents, Albert
Crank, Jr. and Judith Crank of
Okeechobee; brother, David
(Sherry) Crank of Springfield,
Ohio; grandmother, Ruby Smith
of Kenova, W.Va.; and, nieces
Taylor and Alexis Crank of
Springfield, Ohio.
The family has decided not to
hold services at this time.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral and Crematory, 110 N.E.
Fifth Street, Okeechobee.
Hillard Goforth
Michael Hillard Goforth, age
53, of Okeechobee, died Thurs-
day, Dec. 21, 2006, at the Ham-
rick Hospice Home in Okee-
chobee. He was born Jan. 25,
1953, in Brevard, N.C. and is for-
merly of Fort Pierce. He served in
the United States Air Force, was a
member of the VFW, the Buck-
head Ridge Christian Church and
enjoyed fishing.
Mr. Goforth is preceded in
death by: his father, George
Goforth; mother, Carrie Cory;
and, brother, Bryan Goforth.
He is survived by his daugh-
ters, Monica and Michelle
Goforth of Miami, and Christina
Goforth of Lehigh Acres; sisters,
Della (William) Gillispic, Bonnie
(Owen) Brannon, and Betty
(Roy) Moore, all of South Caroli-
na and Regina (Oscar) Alfeo of
Fort Pierce; brothers, James
(Linda) Goforth of Port Saint
Lucie, John Goforth of Okee-
chobee and Larry (Barbara)
Goforth of South Carolina; sister-
in-law, Tammi Ingersoll; two
grandchildren; and, many nieces
and nephews.
Private services will be held at
a later date.
- Memorial-contributions can
be made in Mr. Goforth's memo-
ry to Hospice of Okeechobee,
P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.
Cheryl Dee Fitzgerald
Cheryl Dee Fitzgerald, age 61,
of Okeechobee, died Saturday,
Dec. 16, 2006, at her residence.
Born June 18, 1945, in Engle-
wood, N.J., she has been a resi-
dent of Okeechobee for the past
17 years. She enjoyed putting
puzzles together.
She is survived by her signifi-
cant other, Perry Sweet of Okee-

chobee; daughter, Jennifer
Fitzgerald of Pompano Beach;
brothers, Lee (Jane) Woods of
Bloomingdale, N.J., Gary (Joyce)
Woods of Point Pleasant, N.J.
and Donald Woods of Blooming-
ton, Del.; sister, Arlyne (Martin)
Lynch of Ramsey, N.J.; a host of
aunts, uncles, nieces; and,
The family has decided not to
hold services at this time.
All local arrangements are
under the direction and care of
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory, 110 N.E. Fifth Street,
Rose Kapsin
Catherine Rose Kapsin, age 91
of Okeechobee, died Wednes-
day, Dec. 20, 2006, at Raulerson
She is preceded in death by
her husband, Frank.
A visitation will be held at the
Sacred Heart Catholic Church on
Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, from 10
until 11 a.m., with a funeral mass
at 11 a.m.
Entombment will be private at
Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Cremato-
Norma Jean Arnold
Norma Jean Arnold, age 67 of
Buckhead Ridge, died Sunday,
Dec. 17, 2006, at her residence.
She has been a resident of Okee-
chobee for nine years and
enjoyed fishing, reading, travel,
game shows, poker, and family
entertaining. She was also a
member of the Bullskipper's
Club, and was known as "Honey
She is preceded in death by
her son, Royce Arnold.
Mrs. Arnold is survived by her
husband of 49 years, Thomas J.
Arnold of Okeechobee; son,
Wayne (Theresa) Arnold of
O'Brien and daughter, Cynthia
(John) Lilly of Big Lake, Alaska.
She is also survived by grandchil-
dren; Stacy Arnold of Anchorage,
Alaska, Shannon and Abbagail
Arnold of O'Brien; Daryl Joy
Arnold and Royce Reagen
Arnold, Jr. of Okeechobee and
her great-grandson, Connor
Hardon of Anchorage, Alaska.
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Cremato-

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Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
SUSPECT: About the man that robbed the liquor store the other day,.
you would eliminate a lot of suspects if you would say if he was black or
white or was the paper just trying to be politically correct? (Editor's Note:
In both stories written about the robbery, the man was described as
being white male.)

TRUCKS: In regard to S.W. 67th Drive and trucks hauling in and out of
here starting at 6 a.m. from the construction project. We understand that
everybody has to make a living and that these truck drivers have a job to
do, we just want them starting at 6 a.m. They should have to abide by the
same rules that apply to Mr. Daniels. His trucks don't start until 8 a.m. As
far as speeding through here, one reason they have to drive so slowly is
there are so many of them that it's dangerous for the people that live here,
and it's dangerous for them. I think the rules need to be changed. Those
in a position of power need to make the rules apply to these people, too.
Also, all these trucks have torn the roads up around here. I'd like to know
if the county is making any money from all this hauling in and out of here.

LIBERALISM: This is in response to "Unbelievable" posted in the Fri-
day, Dec. 16, Speak Out. We can thank all those who indulge in powers
and liberalism. That is exactly why folks like Ms. Gonzalez are able to file
multi-million dollar lawsuits and win. We are being forced to have this
filth shoved down our throat regardless of how offensive it is to us. I don't
want to see it, hear about it or be a part of it. I certainly won't tolerate it in
my life or the lives of my children. I will fight the infiltration of this in my
family until I take my last breath. This brings a thought to mind: who is
paying for Ms. Gonzalez's tab? Are we, the taxpayers, paying her bill?

DIAZ: The governor was absolutely right to stop executions in this
state since Mr. Diaz was so humane in the way he killed people. They also
ought to stop people from murdering in this state.

PARADE: I'd like to say that the parade was very nice. We enjoyed it. It
was real long. The only complaint is that guy on that motorcycle that
would zoom up in front of the crowd and zoom back. If a child would
stepped out he couldn't have stopped.

ROBBERY: I've noticed that in a recent news item of a robbery of a
store the name or even the location was not mentioned. What is the rea-
son for this? As a resident near a store, I feel that I should be made aware
of any crime in my neighborhood not only for my safety but also because
I could be more observant of suspicious activity in the area (Editor's
Note: There were reasons why the name of the business was being with-
held. However, the name of the store can now be released. The business
thatwas robbedwasABC Liquors, 601 E.N. ParkSt.)

FISHING: This is for all our northern friends. I would just like to give
them a couple hints where to go to catch fish. Put your boat in at Scott
Driver and go up the river to the first set of locks where the buoys are,
anchor and throw your shiners out in the open towards the locks. We
went Saturday, Dec. 16, and we caught a lot of big fish and had a real
good time. If you are not getting any fish there continue on to your left to
the very end where there is another set a locks and buoys and do the
same thing. About as fast as we could put our shiners in we were getting
fish. I just want to share the wealth. It was a great day of fishing and my
son had a good time. Good luck and good fishing.,

DRUNKS: In reference to the rights comments in Saturday's Speak
Out column, you left out not only gays at the lake, but drunks, druggies,
adulterers and adulteresses.

FOUR-WHEELERS: I have a question. Hasn't the law changed for
four-wheelers? Out in Platt's Bluff, it is four-wheel heaven, day and night,
especially on the weekends. There are riders anywhere from 5 years old
to 20 years old, and some adults are out there playing too. They have torn
up the dirt in the swales all along the road. They jump everybody's drive-
way. What are the rules now on four-wheelers? And where are our
deputies or the citizen's patrol people? This really needs to stop. EDI-
TOR'S NOTE: In short, four-wheelers cannot be ridden on any county or
state highway or right-of-way. They can only be ridden on private proper-

Community Events

Shared Services panel will meet
The executive roundtable meeting of Shared Services Network
of Okeechobee County will meet Friday, Jan. 12, from 1:30 until 3
p.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board
office, 700 S.W. Second Ave. The topic will be Building Develop-
mental Assets in Youth. For information call Sharon Vinson at (863)
462-5000, ext. 257.

Chamber hosting Big Top Extravaganza
The Under the Big Top European Extravaganza, sponsored by
the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, will be at the
American Legion Fairgrounds Jan. 12, 13 and 14, 2007. There will
be high wire acts, aerial fantasy, clowns, jugglers, a magic show
and an aerial rocket stars thrill show. Adult, senior and children's
advance tickets go on sale Dec. 6 at the Chamber of Commerce
office at 55 S. Parrott Ave. For information, call the Chamber at
(863) 763-6464.

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At Your Service On Page 2

Letter to the Editor

The war
on Christmas
The nativity scene is being
considered prejudiced and being
excluded publicly more and more
- unless a group speaks up and
request its presence).
The truth is that the USA is tra-
ditionally Judeo- Christian in cul-

ture not Islamic, Buddhist or New
Age Wicca. Christmas is tradition-
ally a national holiday as it stands
with the Baby Jesus as the center.
Santa Claus (Saint Nick) and the
Christmas Trees are not culturally
American, originally, but rather
from the European/Scandinavian
The war on Christmas goes
well beyond just saying happy

Upcoming Events

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Gold-
en Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W:
Third St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the-
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how
to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through exten-
sive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-
2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake
Mission's Outreach.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863)
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, con-
tact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fellow-
ship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then from
6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or some-
one just to care are welcorie. For information call the hot line (863)
801-9201 or(863) 697-9718..
Wednesday ., .
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facil-
itator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Gra-
ham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893. }
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a dosed discussion.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each
month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30
p.m. They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For
information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-9176.
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed
with cancer. The meeting will he held at the American Red Cross
office at 323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information,
call Janet Topp at (863) 824-2899.'
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for a
pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic
Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 pm. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group.meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863)
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please join us or
ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863)763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon. Representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park
St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W
Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is
welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.

Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every
Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. in Flagler Park 3. Any questions
and/or comments can be directed to Lydia Jean Williams, Executive
Director, at (863) 357-MAIN.

holidays instead of Merry Christ-
mas it is about removal of the God
of the Holy Bible from the USA.
Merry Christmas should not be
a Republican vs. Democrat
debate but it has become just that
even this year at the tree lighting
ceremony in Washington, D.C.,
the Democrat speaker called it a
holiday tree and the Republican
called it a Christmas tree.

Should we lose our USA cul-
ture just to be culturally diverse?
J.P. (John) Pasquale

P.S I was born in Miami and
lived in Okeechobee County for
seven years all my family still lives
between Miami and Loxahatch-
ee. I miss them and Dunklin
Memorial Camp terribly. Merry

Community Events

Church plans special services
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W 32nd St., will hold the following.
special services for the holidays. Their schedule is: Wednesday, Dec.
20, at 6 p.m. church-wide Christmas song celebration; Sunday, Dec.
24, at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service; and Sunday, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m. -
New Year's Eve service.
Toys for Tots toy drive under way
The annual Toys for Tots toy drive for underprivileged children in
Okeechobee County is currently under way and will end Wednesday,
Dec. 20. The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Par-
rott Ave., is a drop off point. For information call the Chamber office
at (863) 763-6464.
Church hosts dinner, gospel sing
A combined event of the annual meeting of Cowboys for Christ"
and celebration of Mary Lanier's 60th anniversary of singing gospel.
songs will be joined by The Celebration Singers Carol Fevos, Frank
and Judy Smith and Doyle McDuffy at the Basinger Civic Center on
Thursday, Dec. 21. A covered dish dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and
singing will begin at 7 p.m.
Main Street offering hams, turkeys
Main Street is offering honeybaked harps and turkeys for the
Christmas holiday. Side dishes are also available. Orders will be avail-
able for pick up on Friday afternoon, Dec. 22. For information, call the
Main Street office at (863) 357-MAIN.
Outreach holding toy drive
Big Lake Missions Outreach is sponsoring their 12th annual Christ-
mas toy drive for the underprivileged children. It will take place now
through Dec. 22. They are in need of gifts and toys ranging from baby
to teen. They also need donations of turkeys, hams and all the trim-
mings for Christmas dinners. Businesses or families can adopt a fami-
ly by calling the mission. The gifts are given to the parents) to wrap:
and place under the tree for Christmas morning. The outreach will
accept store gift certificates, checks made payable to the mission, or
cash and volunteers will purchase the items needed. Receipts are
available. Please make checks out to Big Lake Missions Outreach and
mail to P O. Box 1663, Okeechobee, Fl.; or, call (863) 763-5725.
Shriners selling Christmas trees
The Shriners will be selling Christmas trees from the parking lot of
their building on U.S. 78 W. until Dec. 23. They have Scotch pine, Fras-
er fir and Douglas fir trees ranging in size from 4 to 11 feet. All trees are
reduced to half price and none are over $50. They will deliver the tree
if the customer has no way to get it home.
Church plans special services
The First United Methodist Church,.200 N',Secon'l.','ll 'pld..
a special Christmas service on Sunday, Dec. 24. One morning service
will be from 9:30 until 11 a.m., and candle light services at 5 and 7
p.m. For information, call the church office at (863) 763-4021.
Avon Park hosting special camp
Lake Denton Camp in Avon Park is hosting a Christmas break
camp Dec. 26-30 for grades six through 12. The cost is $70 and
includes meals, lodging and fun. For information and forms, call (863)
453-3627; or, e-mail
Couples, singles invited to event
Danny Tolbert will be hosting a special event based on his new
book "A Woman's Diary." The book is about experiences, relation-
ships and problems that women deal with in their lifetime with men.
Married couples and singles are welcome to attend the event being
sponsored by Dra Ministries, on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m. The event
will be held in the conference room at The Flamingo Motel, 4101 U.S.
441 S. There will be drawings for gifts and refreshments. For informa-
tion, call Mary Tolbert at (863) 484-0847.
Red Cross offering various classes
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch will be holding a
first aid class on Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 6 until 9 p.m.; an infant/child
CPR dass on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 6 until 9 p.m.; and an adult CPR
class on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6 until 9 p.m. To register for one of
these classes, call (863) 763-2488.
Substance abuse board to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board will
meet Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 1600
S.W Second Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open to
board members. For information call Jim Vensel at (863) 357-1977, or
Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.
BHRVFD plans pancake breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department on S.R. 78 W. will
have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, including sausage and a
beverage, from 8 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6,2007, for a donation
of $4. For information, call Pat at (863) 357-1364.
OSAC training group will meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community out-
reach/training committee will meet Monday, Jan. 8,2007, from 9 until
10 a.m. at 1600 S.W Second Ave. The meeting is open to the public.
For information call Ken Kenworthy at (863) 462-5000, ext. 273, or Val
Marone at (863) 462-0040.
Resource group to meet Jan. 8
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community
resource committee will meet Monday, Jan. 8,2007, from 11:30 a.m.
until 12:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. This is a brown bag lunch
meeting and is open to the public. For information call Keith Stripling
at (863) 763-6064, or Val Maroneat (863) 462-0040.
OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting
will be held Jan. 9, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Ave. Everyone is wel-
come and lunch will be served. For information, call Val Marone at
Weight loss classes scheduled
The Devotional Weight-Loss Program will have registration and
orientation on Tuesday, Jan.9, 2007. There will be 11 weeks of classes
that will end on March 20. Classes will be held each Tuesday from 9
until 11 a.m. at His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W. 28th St. For information, call (863) 763-3519.
S. Florida Fair tickets on sale
South Florida Fair advanced tickets are on sale now at the Okee-

chobee County Chamber of Commerce office, 55 S. Parrott Ave. The
South Florida Fair will be held Jan. 12-28, 2007, at the South Florida
Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. Advanced tickets will only be avail-
able through Jan. 11.

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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Dec. 15,
through Thursday, Dec. 21, are as
Theatre I -"Nativity Story" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
"Nativity Story" shows Dec. 15
through Dec. 19 only.
Theatre I -"Rocky Balboa"
Showtimes: Wednesday, Dec. 20,
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and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Charlotte's Web"
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p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Unaccompanied
Minors"(PG) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
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citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
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Child Find provides free screenings
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Volunteers are
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Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc.
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patient care and administrative
teams to provide Hospice services
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For information, visit Hospice of
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Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart, 701 S.W Sixth St.,
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in martial
arts. The classes are currently taught
four da)s a week on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, from 6 until
7:30 p.m. and on Saturday from
5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walkers,
portable toilets, crutches, canes, etc.
Anyone requiring the use of such
equipment is welcome to stop by
the post and pick out what they
need. There is no charge and any-
one is welcome. This is not restrict-
ed to veterans. Call the Post at (863)

Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a differ-
ence in the lives of others? Rauler-
son Hospital Auxiliary has many
opportunities of service for adults
seeking volunteer work. Volunteer
as little as four hours a week or as
many as 20 hours. Morning, after-
noon, and evening shifts are avail-
able. Many opportunities currently
exist. Please contact the lobby desk
at Raulerson Hospital for a Volun-
teer Application. For information,
call (863) 763-2151, ext. 3312. The
hospital's Volunteen Program (ages
14-17) began in June.

Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center, 14895 N.W 30th Terrace, is
seeking paper towels, old large tow-
els, blankets, old kennels, gardening
utensils, bleach and laundry deter-
gent. Anyone wishing to donate any
of the above items is asked to call
(863) 763-4630.

Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at Arnold's
Wildlife Center, 14895 N.W. 30th
Terrace. You can invite up to 20
friends to join you for a wildlife
adventure tour, hands on animal
encounter, games and a special
craft for everyone to make. For
information on cost and reserva-
tions, call (863) 763-4630.



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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Dec. 22,
through Thursday, Dec. 28, are as
Theatre I -"Rocky Balboa"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre II "Charlotte's Web"
(G} Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre IIIl "Night at the
Museum"(PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart, 701 S.W. Sixth St.,
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Mon-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday
from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is wel-
come to stop by the post and pick
out what they need. There is no
charge and anyone is welcome.
This is not restricted to veterans.
Call the Post at (863) 763-2950.
Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a dif-
ference in the lives of others?
Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary has
many opportunities of service for
adults seeking volunteer work.
Volunteer as little as four hours a
week or as many as 20 hours.
Morning, afternoon, and evening
shifts are available. Many opportu-
nities currently exist. Please con-
tact the lobby desk at Raulerson
Hospital for a Volunteer Applica-
tion. For information, call (863)
763-2151, ext. 3312. The hospital's
Volunteen Program (ages 14-17)
began in June.
Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center, 14895 N.W. 30th Ter-
race, is seeking paper towels, old
large towels, blankets, old ken-
nels, gardening utensils, bleach
and laundry detergent. Anyone
wishing to donate any of the
above items is asked to call (863)
You can help
Kids in Distress
In Florida 200,000 children are
abused or neglected each year.
When families fail to care for their
children, the question is whose
children are these? The answer is
they belong to all of us. You can
help abused and neglected chil-
dren by donating your operational
car, boat, truck or other vehicle to
Kids In Distress by calling (954)
390-7620. Kids In Distress is a
community-supported agency
dedicated to the care, treatment
and prevention of child abuse and
neglect. They have locations in
Broward and Palm Beach coun-
Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
N.W. 30th Terrace. You can invite
up to 20 friends to join you for a
wildlife adventure tour, hands on
animal encounter, games and a

special craft for everyone to make.
For information on cost and reser-
vations, call (863) 763-4630.
American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to be a part of
our Disaster Action Team (DAT).
DAT is made up of a group of
trained volunteers who respond to
local disasters. If you would like to
give of your time and talents to
help local citizens in time of disas-
ter, please call Debbie Riddle or
Candace at the American Red
Cross-Okeechobee branch at
(863) 763-2488.

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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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Independent Newspapers wilt
never acceptany advertise-
ment that Is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
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charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

sale with Flowers Bakery
of Okeechobee. EOE


"ChilCare ded4l1
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-467-2917
Lic. # 2349 & # 5698

Provided in a Loving Home
by experienced RN.
Only 1 opening remailnlngl
Call 863-801-9497

Now has a 50 Ton Landoll
with a 20,000 lb. winch.
Great for moving equipment,
containers & large sheds.
Call 863-763-7976

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Adverse youW
yard sale In the classl-
fleds and make your
clean un a breeze


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i Screen Rooms Carports'
i ----]' Room Additions Florida Rooms.
I .i Garages *Seawalls
Ernest Lancaste '(8631634-2044


Air Conditioners 505
Anti.~ues 510
Applances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, linens & Fabrfcs 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewel 635

Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical instruments 660
Offiee Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing SupplIes 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
To s& Games 730
WAS 735
Wanted to Buy 740

A/C UNIT- Bard, Self con-
tained, 5 ton, Wall mount
$750. or best offer.
AC W/HEAT- Central package
unit,. 3.5 ton,. York, never in-
stalled, $1550

DISHWASHER- White, Works
very well. $50.
Like new! $250 for both, will
sep. (863)634-2514
DRYER, Kenmore, $100
FREEZER- Very large, Like
new. $1000. (239)248-4758

than 1 yr old, white, paid
$700 asking $300
MICROWAVE- Hot Point,' Good
condition. $15.
RANGE, 24" electric, good
condition. $75
RANGE- 30", GE, Electric,
White, $100.
RANGE, GE: Electric. Like
new. Only used twice. $200.
ft, Frostfree. White, Almost
new. $100. (863)467-1897

STOVE, Frigidiare, Smooth
Top, Electric. Great condi-
tion. Moving. $150.

STOVE- Whirlpool, electric,
glass top, white, $100
.301: 1 will I eparjte

TANNING BED- 2 yr. old. &<-
celiernt andionon, 1000 or
best owner (8631467-1152

Miami Suri, $100 or best
oftter (989181-51.35
DYNO AIR BIKE- wgreenri pegs
to10 grind win and loiirng
handle bar Good cond. $50
neg l863)634-2974

CHAIN LINK GATE- 4 i1 with
qood latch and all hardware
$20 (863)467-1642
DOORS- Sliding Glass While
Like New $50 or besi ofer
Brand new. 10 12. i$60

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
I nstallatin qf Storm-
Shutters & Semenssis.
S :: 'Rain Outter.
Licensed & Insured

1551 NA.V. 24th Drive
Licerse #765

Elliott's Pawn Shop

HEELIES, Worn twice, brown,
white & orange, size 9. Pd.
$95, asking $60

HEELYS SHOES- Size 6, black
& red, single wheel, excellent
condition, $25
silver beading, Size 14, paid
$600 asking $ 50

items (figurines, comforters
and more). $200 for all. Will
separate. 239-340-8503
items, Rare items, Items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627 '
'96,'97,'98, still In box. $175
for all or will sell separate

ames, Fast, $149

Wooden, For King or Queen.
$125. (863)674-1755

new. Mantel only. $200. or
best offer. (863)763-6747

ACCENT TABLES, (3) while,
1) rectangle, (I) founo &
1) round with lamp, $40.
863)674-1276. -
CENTER- Black, all wood,
$250 or 'best offer
(863)227-0173 ..
Armoire Ladies, Blonde with
gold accents, 5 doors w
sweater comp.,solid wood
$150 (863)467-4572
BUNK BED; Loft style, all in
one, purchased at BjdLock
exc. cond. $500
(863)763-6430 Iv. msg.:
CHAIRS (35), Brown metal,
folding. $105 for all or will
separate. (863)675-3230
Chase Lounge Elegant, solid
cream velour likematerial,
$250 or best offer
COMFORTERS (2): King size,
brand new pictures of
wolves on them. $60 or will
separate. 239-340-8503.
Wood, double doors close
with key lock. $100
COMPUTER DESK, 3/2' long x
41/2 tall. Has top shelf and
cabinet, $40 (863)763-5067
deep, with top tower shelf,
excellent condition. $45
COMPUTER DESK, with hutch,
small drawer, file cabinet &
keyboard drawer. $75
COUCH- 3 cushion, Gray, Sil-
ver & Black. Like new. $100.
or best offer. (863)467-1532
DAYBED: Trundle, Like new.
Only 1 year old. $300.
ny, With drawer. Rough con-
dition. Needs refinishing.
$200. (561)261-0766
KITTEN- Great Christmas Gift
M orange tabby/white, litter
trained, 1st shot's, will hold
LIVING RM SET: 3 pcs, Glass
Top Dining Rm. Tbi & 6 chairs,
Brand new dbl. bed/mattress.
$1000 for all! (863)447-0921
Sealy Posturepedic Pillow
Top, Queen size, 2 months
old ,$200 (772)812-3300
Oriental DR Set- Large, China
Cabinet, table, 8 chairs,
serving cart, $1500 or best
offer (863)467-4871
toman Maple, Removable
cushion. Good condition.
$65. (863)357-8788 .
SOFA- Like new. Wine col-
ored, with recliners at each
end. $250 (863)675-0777
w/Sleeper & Recliner. Light
beige pattern. Excellent con-
dition. $525. (863)357-5754
Tables, 1 Coffee Table $250

GOLF BAG- Hooters w/digltal
score, (2) pro velvet grps,
like new, $150
GOLF CART: Easy Go, Electric,
Complete canvas w/windows,
lights, horn. Like new cond.!
$1950. neg (772)971-9474
GOLF CLUBS- Complete,
matched set, metal woods,
irons, bag, putter & Callaway
BB #1. $150. 863-946-3123
IRONS, Men's, 1 Set. Stiff
Graphite Shafts, $100
right handed, McGregor bat-
tle sticks incld woods, bag

CARPINE- US Springfield,
model 1884; has type "C"
front to sight; $1200 or oest
offer (937)21.5-0307
COBRA ARMS- 9 MM, Dernn-
ger, noisier $ cartridges,
$125 or best otter
GUN CABINET- Made .of wood
& glass. Hold 8 rifles with
storage drawer. $95. Okee.
(863)610-0632 ,
MAGS- (3) Ruger Mini 14,
steel, ri'ot used, $145
Remington 700PSS
W/Cal. Leopolt scope $1350
Smith & Wesson
Model 22A-1 -$300
Model 351PD--$375
Patrolman model 28,.357
mag, 4" bbl., target grips &
sights $350 (937)215-0307

AB LOUNGE, As seer' on Tv,
already assembled w/video.
Pd. $199, never used. Asking
$125. (863)697-6472
best ofer 8631467-6088

decorative country kitchen.
holds 13 gallons Only $20.

LADIES RING, European cur,
1/3ctw, whie gold. $475
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee
MENS BRACELET, Heavy, cu-.
ban link $500 neg.
(863)634-9620 Okee-

Beige chain & shade, $50 for
both/best offer. Call
863-467-8681. .
cent. 2'x2' with cover &
bulbs. Great for kitchen. Still
in box. $10. (863)763-1997

$50. (863)357-2891 Leave
LIFT CHAIR, Beige, $300
(863)357-2891 Leave mes-

CAMERA PHONE- Nextel 1870,
w/ MP3and Blue Tooth,Like
New, $295. (863)634-7125
Rectangular, seats 4. Kept in-
side, great condition. W/Cover.
$1500.863-843-0913 Lv msg
'05, 49cc, 40 actual miles,
Garage kept. $1700..

BASS GUITAR, Fender Jazz,
Marcus Miller Signature
model, Like new, $575.
DRUMS, Ludwig Junior, 5
iece, with symbols & stool.
ike new. Retails $355, asking
$150 (863)763-6987
Black, excellent tone, seldom
used, like new, soft case,
$95 (863)634-9316

$50 (863)983-7702
BEAGLE, AKC reg., tri color,
male, 6 mos. old, shots up
to date, needs room to run.
$350 (863)610-1197
6 wks, wormed & 1st shots,
APR reg. incl. pedigree certify.
$250 ea. (863)634-7723
BEAUTIFUL, Loving pets, toy
size, purebred Toy Fox Terrier
& Japanese Chins. $350 each.

CAT- Siamese Lynx Point
Snow Shoe. With white
.paws. Male. 3 mo. $500'.
* Cert. All shots, Vet, checked.
$300, $400 & $450.V
863-763-3073 .
male & 1 female. 8 weeks.
$300. ea. (863)634-9645
FISH TANKS-150 gal, 50 gal..
29 gal, (2) 10 gal., all for
$160 or will sell separate
ready .12/22, will hold ti
Christmas, $200 each.
LR SET-6PC, North Carolina
.: brown. DR TABLE w/5
chairs, sturdy, all for $500
reg (863)675-2783 Muse
W weeks, CKC Reg. Snors &
health papers. $400 each.
PIT BULL PUPS (9): 3 male, 6
female. Mother is registered.
Available wk after Christmas.
* $300 each. 863-763-1001
SCHNAUZER-. silver : 22 mos
old, ears & tail cropped, all_
snois $295 (5611271-1032

Long Arm, Frame & Tracks.
EveryThing Included $2500

POOL TABLE, 8" Regulalioo,
$300 (863)357-3240
POOL TABLE, slate, 8', $300;
( 8631467-8187 :
POOL TABLE, Slate.w/acces-
sories. $450 or best offer.'
leg anacn., 230 bI weirits.
weight tree. Olympic bar,
$120/neg 863-763-2241.

TV, Large 60" Good co-idi-.
Stion. $800 12391248-4758
WEB TV- (2) New, in box,
Magnavox Plus; Sony, (1),
Magnavox Classic. $75 will
sell separate (863)763-2773

man, 1/2"-chuck. $100
(863)612-9233 LaBelie
CHAINSAW- Poulan Pro. 42
cc 18", (2) Pick-up bed Fuel
Tanks, w/ hand pumps $399
wil separate.(561)951-8767
Craftsman, cuts angle, new
blade and stand- $60
ER, 1200 psi, $100
(863)612-9233 LaBelle .
GENERATOR- Briggs & Strat-
ton, 550/8550, 10 hp, new,
$325 (561)951-8767
GENERATOR: EG3500, Honda,
brand new, still in box. $950.
MIG WELDER, 25' spool gun
.with accessories. $1400.
PSI; Sears. $350.
WELDER, portable, 200 amp,
engine driven, $450.

adapters, lights w.'maqnifier.
6 games $100
(863)763-3551 .
SYSTEMS, (2), with 45-
games, $100 or best offer.
TMX ELMOI New 10 th Anni-
versary Edition, in box.
$130. (561)818-1352 .

KARAOKE- Professional, Vo-
cal Pro., $100 (863)467-9054
SPEAKER- 12" audiobahn, 1-
truck and 1 car box, 200
watt amp, power, wires &
fuse, $150 (863)697-3865

ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
SHOT GUN, Automatic or dou-
ble barrel, 16 or 20 gauge.
Please call (561)261-0766
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson.
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567

CHRISTMAS TREE, 6 ft., with
dozens of ornaments. 25
years old, looks real. $50


.arm Produce 820
Offered 825
Farm Supples/1
Services Wanted 830
iFertzer 835

Sa.pie. 84:
Lawn & Garden 850.
ULvestock 855
Pokry/Supp~ 860.
Flowers 865,

BALES OF HAY, 100 bales,
$200. or will sell separate.;
(863)763-1370 a

12 years bld. Shots up to date.
For intermediate rider. $900
(863)763-0367 / 801-9494
old mare. 16 hands. Very
sweet. Rides good. Incld all
tack. $2500. (863)357-6642
FILLY- 6 mo old. Registered
'Ouarter Horse, Running bred,
Gray Very gentle. $600.
PAINT PONY: Mare, 14 yrs.
Old Kid safe. $1200.
years old, brood mare only.
$200 (239)340-8502

GAS GRILL, Cnarbroil, 2 ourn-
er, with lava rocks. $50
lor parts, good engines,
$200 or best otter
14rip, 2 cyl. 42" decK, many
new parts, w/new utility cart,
$500 (863)763-3551


Apartments 905
Business Paces 90
Property 91.5
Townhouses -,Rsnt920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent. 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property .
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Reint 960

Beautiful 2BR Close to town,
Remodeled, Like new' Only
$825 mo includes water bill.
Call 561-255-4377.
N. of OKEE.-2 Br, 1 Ba
12.mi. N of Okeechobee.
$1150 moves you in.
No Pets! Non smoking envi.
(863)467-1717 8:30am-
3:30pm, or email
OAK LAKE APTS., Remodeled
2BR/1BA, screened porch,
$800 mo., 1st, last & sec.
No pets. (863)634-3313

2br, 1ba, Pool, Tennis, Shuf-
fleboard. $875. mo. + $875.
Sec. Call Kelly (863)697-6428
OKEE., 2br, 1BA, Furnished in
Kings Bay, Electric not in-
cluded. (863)763-8349 or
11th St,,New 2 Bdrm., 11/ Ba
w/Appl. $850/mo. + 1st&
Sec. dep. Call (863)634-7722

Waterfront CBS
Home for rent,
3/2/1, $1,300 a
month. First, last &
security with pet

Ancient Oaks
(Over 55 community)
Pool, hot tub, shuf-
fleboard, marina,

boat ramp Lake
access $650 m,
First, last & sec.
includes electricity.

Beautiful home In Basswood.
3br/2ba, w/ garage. All
rooms have walk-in closets.
Huge yard. $1200/mth. Call
Will at 305-439-8975 or
Jessy at305-458-8813.
appliances, cabinets, W/D &
flooring. Screened porch, lawn,
service. Non smkg env. Small
pet considered. $850/mo. 1st,
last &sec. (941)504-3954

front 3 Bdrm., 11/ Ba. 2 Story
w/Lake Okeechobee access &
boat ramp. Wrap around
porch. Fenced yard. Pets wel-
comel $1100. mo. + 1st, last
& sec. 561-346-3620
1BA,. Call for info.
House for Rent, 3BR/2BA Lg
yard. Horses welcome. 70 W
12mi. out of town $1000.
mo.; (863)634-3262
LAKE ACCESS, Taylor Creek,
3BR/2BA, 2100 sq. ft.,
w/dock, $1300/mo.
407-399-9799 Lakeland
Home, 406 NE 7th St $850.
mo. + 1st, last & $500 sec..
req'd. (863)467-5965
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, cathedral ceilings,
quiet neighborhood.

Located ori West side of new
Courthouse. Now Available.
Call Judy at (863)467-0831
Office Space Needs a Build.
Out. 2,000 Sq. Ft. Could
be ready within 6 months.

OKEECHOBEE, To share 38R
house, utilities & cable Incl.
$600/mo. 1st months rent &
sec. req'd. (863)673-6559

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sae 10 5
Property.., Sale 1010
CondlW ..... *..-:-*
Thwmn -ue s-Salel^lS
Farms Sale 1020
Houses.- Sale 1025
Hunth4n Property 103.
tvesta :.
Property'Sale. 1035
Land-Se 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open "Houe "1050
Out ofStte- -...'i
Property -Sale 1055
Real Estate Wa.te10 65
Resort Property .
Sa," .' : 1070
reh se. Space 175
Wat-rfroit Property 1080

OAK LAKE, lbr, iba. Apt on a
corner $87.500. or best of-
fer Will sell tasl'

nome on 2 acres, in Spot in
the Sun; $175,000
OKEECHOBEE, 3746 NW 16th
Ave., 4BR, 2BA,1 Car garage,
ready now, $1200/mo.
$0 down. (863)484-0809
Okeechobee Est., 3BR/2BA
Bdrick & CBS, new roof, corner
lot, pool, f/p. Seller motivated.
Must seel!l (863)763-2461
1200 sq. ft., Lake access.
New sea wall & dock.
863-670-5967 Lakeland


For rent or sale. 3br, 2ba
$800. mo. (863)634-3262.
EDEN" on the Rim Canal.
KibsFish Camp has 1 & 2
Bdrm. Homes in a tropical
oasis. Monthly, Annual &
Seasonal Rates. Call today
ON RIM CANAL: Small, 1
Bdrm., $475. mo. (includes
utilities). + $300 sec. dep.
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An 800 sq. ft. giving area
in Barows Rsh Camp,
441 SE, c/a, good cond.,
$14,500 neg. 863)763-4149
or (561)-758-4337
12x24 Carport, 12x12 Florida
Room, 8x12 Storage. Central
air/heat. Adult park. Low lot
rent. Very nice. Mostly
furnished. $20,000 Neg.
FL/RM, Rim Canal, New win-
dows/Shutters, Clean, $3500.
(561)641-1792 or see Wes
adult park. Fully furnished.
Cent.A/C-heat, 60' carport,
scm. rm. 10x30'. Shed 12x14'.
$20,500. (863)763-2318


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ALUMINUM, V Bottom, 14',
Smokercraft w/like new trail-
re & 18hp Tohatsu motor.
$1850 (863)763-4680
BASS '90- 21 ft., stratos with
200 hp mercury, hyd. steer-
ing and gps system $5500
BASS .TRACKER- '06, 19ft
Spec. Ed., 90hp Merc. Opti-
max, $14,900 or will trade.
much to list. $2500
(863)824-6781 anytime
better than new. Loaded.
W/itrlir Reduced to $16,000
due to health. Call
JON Boat- 12 FT., transom,
great for hunting, green, 6 hp
Johnson, trailer excellent
cond. $400 (863)763-8797
Boat w/trailer. Great shape!
$10,000. (863)675-1307
PONTOON BOAT, 24', 60hp
Evinrude, $1900
* (863)763-9998
RANGER- 14', 50hp Johnson.
Trailer included Great gift.
$1400. or best offer.
RANGER 354V 1992, 150 hp
Evinrude XP, SS Prop., Com-
plete rebuild w/less than 75
hrs. 36 v. motor guide, 3 bank
charger, tournament rigged.
Ranger trailer w/new wheels &
tires. Cover. Always garaged.
Excellent condition. $10,000.
Ranger 520VX, '01, 225hp
Evin., 101 lb. thrust trolling
mtr., jack plate, steel prop,
GPS map w/depth & fish
finder, charger sys., bimini
top, dbi axle trlr & much
more.Health problems, Must
Sell! $18,900. NADA value
$24,000.Call (863)634-6134
SAILBOAT- 22.8', Sails & 9.9
motor w/swing kill. 3 sails
w/spinker & pole. $1900. or
best offer. (863)467-7336
SEA KAYAKS- 2, 17', Pursuit
& Kodiak, $900. Will separ-.
ate. (863)357-7406
TRI-HULL, 15ft., 55 hp John-
son Motor, $1000 or best offer
1863)357-0406 or

Coachmen Travel Trailer '88-
Sleeps 4, AC & heat, gas range,
gas/elec fridge. $4200. In Pio-
neer, Henry Co 561-827-2464
Fleetwood American Dream
'00, 40 FT 2 Slides/I11K, Many
extra's! Garaged, $120,000 or
possible trade. 863-467-5207
MOTOR HOME: Argosy, 1978,
air stream product, 28 ft
long, AC, fridge, and more.

Triple slide out oak cabinets.
D/W, 2 roof AC's, W/D & shed.
$22,000. Neg. (863)946-1880

HD Leathers: Ladies, 3 jack-
ets, chaps, pants, boots, hel-
met like new, $175 will sep.
HONDA 2004 Arrow Shadow
.750: Windshield, Low mileage,
premium bags, garaged. Ex-
tra's. $4,400. (863)983-9585
HONDA CR85R '06- very good
condition, runs great, $2200
or best offer (863)599-0788
HONDA REBEL 2003 250 CC,
2,475 mls. Extra's! Show
Room Condition. $2500 Firm
TRAILER, Single cycle, tilt
with -ramp, galvanized, 12"
tires, 12'2" overall length.
$550 (863)357-2113

E-TON 2005 VIPER Jr., Exc.
cond. Perfect for Christmas.
$700 (863)763-6430 Iv. msg.
GO CART, 1 Seater, 5 hp,
Briggs & Stratton, Runs
good. Nice Christmas Gift!
$350. (863)801-3890
GO CART, Large, runs & looks
Good. New $1200, asking
600 (863)467-8849
GO CART- runs, $300
HONDA "03, 4 wheeler, re-
con., 250 ES, excellent
cond., $1800



Runs great, a/c, $1,500 firm.
Call 863-946-1859.

12 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 19, 2006

ETC, Fully loaded, white pearl
diamond, has new parts,
$5500 (561)723-1849
CAMARO Z28 '80- all original,
350 auto, Power windows,
For Sale or Trade, $1700
DODGE NEON '95, 4 door, au-
to., a/c, 4 cyl., good on gas,
new tires, needs minor work.
$750 neg. (863)634-8506
speed, new AC, runs good,
white w/gray interior, $1800
neg. (863)805-2822
shape. Runs good, $2500.
Needs work. $300
GEO TRACKER '92- fair condi-
tion, $1000 or best offer
Adult driven, garage kept, 30k,
$10,900 (863)675-4409

Gray, Low ml. 12,800 ml.
Exc cond in/outside. Sirrus
$16,000. (561)924-2005
2 door. Good on gas, All
power. Exc. cond., $2500 or
est offer. (863)763-6747
PONTIAC FIERO '88, 4 cyl., 5
speed, Pioneer CD player,
sunroof, great on gas, good
tires. $1200 (863)447-0270
SATURN 2000: AC, runs
great. Asking $3000 or will
trade for small truck.
condition, a/c works, auto.,
front wheel drive. $750

SCHOOL BUS: Diesel, low
mileage, good tires. $8,500.
Call 863-227-2110.

FORD F150 '79, 351 motor,
G6 Holley, flowmasters, lots
of new parts. $2500 firm.
vy 350, new tires & wheels,
auto, lacked, red/camel.
$7500. (863)674-0898

YAMAHA, Electric, $900 or
best offer. (989)831-5135

FORD F350- '94, Diesel, su-
percrew, 220 K, runs needs
work, $1500 (863)763-7831
or (772)370-1634

FORD- '86, F350, Diesel,
parts, truck, $800
(561)951-8767 "
GM 8.5 POSI UNIT, $150 or
best offer. (863)467-8856

FORD EXPLORER 1992: 4x4.
Front end burned, but good
for parts (transmission, rear,
etc). $200. 863-763-3765
PARTS, 4x4, trans., transfer
cases & other parts. Ford,
Chevy & Jeep. $500 for all,
will separate. (561)644-4840
RIMS & TIRES- 20", $600
Rockford sub in box. Alpine
320 watt 5 channel amp.
$200 neg. 863-801-1683.
TIRES-& RIMS- Ford F150
tires & Univ. rims,
P265/75R15 Goodyear
$200 (863)261-1562
TIRES- (6) Wrangler,
P265/70R17, (4) ATV, new,
$425 will separate
TONNEAU COVER, Fiberglass,
gray, fits '02 current Dodge
Ram short bed. $700 Call
Heather (863)697-0328

TOOLBOX, Aluminum, for
small truck. $75

CHEVROLET P/U 1993: Great
work truckl,$1400. For more
Info call 863-357-5906.
CHEVY- '83, 1 ton Dually, Au-
tomatic, w/hydraulic lift
dump bed. $1000. or trade.
CHEVY PICK UP '93: Dually,
white, clean, 2 door,
custom, big block / auto.
35" tires, 10" rims, 4" lift,5
speed, rebuilt motor, trans,
a/c, to much to list, have re-
ciepts, runs excellent, 4.3 L,
$6500 or best offer
FORD F150- '90, no A/C,
$1200 (863)763-5422 or

FORD RANGER- '95, White,
Cold A/C, 4 cyl., Auto.,
$1000. or best offer

runs good, needs brakes,
$1000 or best offer
needs some work. $1500
Call Erik 863-634-0771

TSC 4X8 TRAILER- brand new
$400 (863)467-6778
made, new condition (new
floor, paint, lights, etc). $550
or best offer (863)763-3735

TRY 1994, Runs needs work.
$500. (863)675-7419

SPORT 1998, Runs good.
Rebuilt engine & trans.
$2300 (239)495-0052
Excellent cond. Ice cold a/c,
p/w, p/l, new battery, 158k,
$2000 (863)697-6680



Public Notices

Public notice is hereby given that Fergu-
son Towing wil sellat public Auction,
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed in
storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to Florida Statutes 713.78, to the high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore Drive,
Canal Point, FL 33438.
1998 Dodge 4 door(Red)
SALE DATE: 12/15/06
1988Oldsmobile4door (Gry)
Vin#2G3AS51 N1K2300301
SALEDATE: 12/1906
1996 Plymouth 4 door (Whl i
SALE DATE: 12/25/06
1984 Chevrolet 4 door (Blu)
SALE DATE: 12/28/06
181750 ON 12/15-23/06

(RFP) NO. 6000000038
Official public meetings regarding this
RFP are scheduled as follows:
1. Oral Presentations: January 11,
2007, 81-3A9:00- 5:00 P
2. (Alternate Date): January12,2007,
1-2B 1:00-4:00 PM
All public meetings will be held at the
dates, times, locations and conference
rooms referenced above. A copy of the
agenda may be obtained by writing the
South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict, Procurement Department, RO. Box
24680, West Palm Beach, Florida,
33416-4680. Persons with disabilities or
handicaps who need assistance may
contact the District Clerk,
561) 682-6297, at least two business
ays In advance of the meeting to make
appropriate arrangements.
Should one or more members of the
evaluation committee need to attend any
of the meetings by means of communi-
cation media technology (CMT), the
meetings will be teleconferenced at the
dates, times, locations and conference
rooms referenced above. For more infor-
matiSon, please contact Patrick Wienbr,
Sr. Contract Specialist, at
82220 ON12/19/06'
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Little shepherd.,
Miguel Sanchez was one of the shepherds in the Nativity
scene at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Sunday evening.

Community Events

GaLt raining being offered -.
The Guardian ad Litem program needs volunteers to help lead chil-
dren through the realities of the court and foster care system, and into
safe, permanent homes. The Guardian ad Litem program will be train-
ing volunteers from Okeechobee, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin
counties on Jan. 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at St.
Bernadette's Catholic Church, 350 N.W. California Blvd., in Port St.
Lucie. For information, call (772) 785-5804.

CCC won't meet in December
The Community Collaborative Council will not meet in December.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, at the School Board
office located at 700 S.W. Second Ave. For information call (863) 462-
5(00 Iext. 257.

Library will host book discussion
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club will meet Thurs-
day, Jan. 25. at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County,
Public LibrarN, 206 S.W. 16th St., to discuss "Snow Flower and the Secret
Fan," a novel by Lisa See. At the beginning of the meeting titles will be
chosen for discussion in the next six months. Anyone who likes to read
and discuss books is invited. For information, call Jan at (863) 357-9980.

Winter Fest in BHR planned
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, S.R. 78 W, will host
Winter Fest on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For infor-
mation, contact Beverly at (863) -167-0173.

OHS will host puppet show
Okeechobee High School, 2800 U.S. 441 N., will host the puppet
show "Rip Van Winkle" in the OHS auditorium at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1. Tick-
ets are on sale at the Main Street office, 111 N.E. Second Ave. For infor-
mation, call (863) 357-MAIN.

Art festival slated for Feb. 24-25
The Top of the Lake Art Fest will be held Feb. 24 and 25 in Flagler
Parks #3 and 4, and will be Okeechobee's first juried art show. For infor-
mation, contact Okeechobee Main Street at (863) 357-MAIN.

Main Street plans annual barbecue
Okeechobee Main Street will host its fifth annual barbecue March 2
and 3. Those wanting to take part in the event should call (63) 357-

Artists wanted for mural project
Okeechobee Main Street's Mural and Visual Arts committee is seek-
ing an experienced mural artist to paint an outside mural. The building
the mural will be painted on is the Embarq/Sprint building located in the
heart of the City of Okeechobee at 110 S Parrott Ave. The expected size
of the mural should cover the front of the two-story by 30-foot building.
The theme of the mural will feature the history of the telephone service
in Okeechobee. Two portraits will be required for this project. The mural
committee is accepting designs and proposals for this mural project.
Project is to begin in the spring of 2007. Please contact Bridgette Waldau
at (863) 467-7300 for information.

Discount cards. aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okee-
chobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are good
for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at Car-
Quest, 300 NW. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Proceeds
will go toward youth activities in our community.

Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic
HIV/AIDs instruction course that complies with Florida employment
requirements for individuals working in various vocations. This is a self-
study course that includes text work and the successful completion of a
multiple choice written test. The cost of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for information.

Bell ringers are needed
The Salvation Army is asking for help with its bell ringing effort this
Christmas season. If you, your business or organization can help fill our
schedule with bell ringers, please call Kip at (863) 357-0427, or Ron at
(863) 697-6221. We would like to encourage businesses and organiza-

tions to sign up as teams. Pick a day and let your associates cover one of
our locations and get in the Christmas mood helping us help our com-

Farmer's Market open each Thursday
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every
Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. in Flagler Park 3. For informa-
tion call (863) 357-MAIN.

Volunteers needed at skate park
Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the
skate park during concession hours. Hours are available any day of
the week. We will provide training and background screenings. For
information, contact Mike Dav is, youth project director, at (863) 462-

Church hosting interaction program
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be
hosting God's Time a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their
pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30
a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the
class. For information, call (863) 763-4021.

VNA offers flu vaccines
Flu vaccines are now available at Visiting Nurse Association, 208
S.E. Park St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and from
1 until 4 p.m. There is no charge with Medicare Part B; otherwise, the
cost is $30. for the flu vaccine and $45 for the pneumonia shot. For
information, call Anna or Debbieat (863) 357-2197.

Children's ranch plans yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard sales
on Thursday and Friday, every other week until the first of the year,
from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-4242.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and
advocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local
meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce.
Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit www.flori-

Church offers religious education classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will be offering reli-
gious education classes for children. Registrations for Catholic Christian
Doctrine (C.C.D.) are now being accepted. Classes for children ingrades
kindergarten through ninth will be held every Sunday from 11:30 a.m.
until 12:35 p.m. For information, call the parish office at (863) 763-3727.'

YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and copy
toner cartridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward school sup-
plies to be used by all students. To donate empty printer or toner car-
tridges, they can be dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W 23rd Lane, or at The
Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave. Or. call Tracy at (863) 462-5056, or Linda
at (863) 467-1484 for free pick up.

Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will hold childbirth educa-
tion classes at the Florida Community Health Center, 308 N.W Fifth Ave.
For information, call the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-5877.

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering par-,
enting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women and
parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a gift.
This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes. You
must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. No child
care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

Center offers parenting classes
The Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott Ave., Suite D, offers a
continuous ten-week free parenting class on Mondays from 7 until 8

p.m. at New Endeavor High School, 575 S.W,. 2th St. The school is locat-
ed across the street from Osceola Middle School. For information, callAl,
Jaquith at (863) 462-5000, 282, or I863) 763-0437.

Volunteers needed to plan parade
People are needed from a cross section of the community lo be part
of a committee that will plan the Martin Luther King Day parade. To
become a part of the committee or to place an entry of a float, vehicle,
horses, groups, etc. call George Robinso'n at (863) 610-0973.

Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okeechobee.
The blood mobile will be at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., on the
second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The mobile unit
will be at the \\al-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. ParrottAve., on the fourth Sat-
urday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The month of August
may be skipped. For information; call (863) 382-4499. All blood types
are needed. There is no upper age limit, and most medications and con-
ditions are acceptable. Diabetes and blood pressure donations can also
be accepted. A picture ID is needed for all donors.

Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services available
at no charge to help people in their search for the right employee or job.
For more, visit their web site at; or, call (863) 462-5350.

CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxil-
iary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite
Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and cadets
are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18
are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and pro-
vide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air
Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and cadet pro-
grams. Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish
these missions. If you are interesterested in becoming a cadetor senior mem-
ber contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations
Center, (863) 763-3212.

Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W. Fifth St.

My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two to
three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday through
Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also looking for a
volunteer to become the director and a board member of The Clothes
Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with the public and
should be able to seek support from city and county officials, business
executives and other organizations. Work days and hours are flexible.
Call (863) 634-2306 for information.

Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit organi-
zation, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls and
women of all ages. We offer free and confidential pregnancy tests, peer
counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parenting classes and absti-
nence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tues-
days and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.,
We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the movie theatre. If,
you would like more information on this or set an appointment for a free
pregnancy test please call (863) 763-8859.

Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic edu-
cation/GED and English as a second language classes at these locations:'
Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as second language .
classes, Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.,
and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W. 23
Lane, English as a second language classes, Monday -Wednesday 5:30
until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a:
second language classes, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.d.

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